Townhead Medical Practice

    Links Health Centre, Frank Wood Way, Montrose, DD10 8TY

    Telephone: 01674 676 161
    Out of hours: 111

    Worldwide Shortage of Ranitidine

    You may have noticed on the news, there is a worldwide shortage of ranitidine, this medicine is prescribed/used for reflux/indigestion.

    The Scottish Government have asked us to review every person on this medicine to see if we can stop this medication. We would not normally stop this medicine if you have a history of a condition called Barrett’s oesophagus, had a previous gastric ulcer bleed or if you are using medicines which increase your chance of stomach bleeding (anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen or naproxen and blood thinners like aspirin, clopidogrel, warfarin, edoxaban, rivaroxaban or apixaban).

    When reviewed  it might be possible for you to try without your ranitidine and we would ask if you can try stopping taking this medicine to see if you still need treatment. Often you can stop this as any inflammation causing your symptoms in the past will have settled. You can get some symptoms and avoiding rich foods, avoiding food before bed and weight loss can help. You can also use over the counter indigestion remedies.

    Every week there is another supplier of this medicine withdrawing supply and there is a small chance it may stop being available altogether. As such, if you need to restart something, we will provide an alternative.